Business Productivity

Get to know Windows Control Panel: Using the Sounds settings

Sometimes you’ll have a problem with your computer’s audio playback, or wonder why your sound is recording at too low a volume. This tip will show you how to find the Sounds options in Windows Control Panel, where you can check your settings and make adjustments. Go to Control Panel. (What is Control Panel? How do you find it?) If you’re viewing by Category, go to Hardware and Sound > Sound. If you’re viewing by icons, go to Sounds. The Sound window will appear. There are four tabs across the top (Playback, Recording, Sounds, and Communication). Playback: Setting default speakers…
OTWAdmin
June 27, 2016
Security

Warning: Rise in Ransomware “Troldesh” Attacks

OXEN Technology has seen a significant increase in activity by a malicious ransomware software called Troldesh. Our engineers are currently working with several clients to resolve the issue for them, and we wanted to warn you regarding this potential threat. We have recognized that systems that are not actively managed or have no system access management policies are exceptionally susceptible to the current version of ransomware. What is Ransomware and Troldesh? Troldesh is a form of malicious software called ransomware. If infected, your data, and often every fileshare on your network is encrypted and you will be asked to pay a…
OTWAdmin
June 14, 2016
Announcements

We Took the Leap: HTS is OXEN Technology Now!

At Heartland Technology Solutions we’re proud to say we’ve been a consistent pillar for our clients over the past 31 years. It’s with our future in mind that we recently navigated a brand refresh. In this process, we wanted to be true to our roots, firm in our beliefs and clear in our mission so that we can continue to serve our clients with excellence. With that said, we’re excited to announce... Heartland Technology Solutions is now OXEN Technology! (more…)
OTWAdmin
May 25, 2016
Managed Services

3 Signs You Need Managed Services

If you've researched methods of taking care of your IT needs, you've probably come across "managed services" or "managed IT services". What is it—and do you need it? "Managed services" can be generally defined as "outsourcing day-to-day management responsibilities for improving operations and cutting expenses."1 When it comes to technology, managed services is, more specifically, the outsourcing of continual monitoring and day-to-day administrative duties of your IT infrastructure. How do you know if you could benefit from managed services? The best way to determine if you'll cut costs is to know what you are currently paying for your IT's upkeep—and…
OTWAdmin
November 11, 2013